Planning a family holiday in Ireland – I’ve got you covered. This post on family hotels in Ireland includes three, four and five-star hotels, across many counties in Ireland.
Whether you want an Airbnb on the Wild Atlantic Way, a luxury lodge on hotel grounds, or a short break in a family hotel, this post on the best family hotels in Ireland should have something to suit you. Almost all hotels listed have swimming pools, kids clubs or kids activities, and all are recommended for families on TripAdvisor.
However, it is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. With this in mind, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.
Most of these family hotels in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
3-Star Family Hotels in Ireland
The Connacht Hotel, Galway
The Connacht Hotel has been a firm favourite with families and groups for many years. Its close proximity to Galway city, superb leisure facilities and wide selection of room types, are just some of the reasons. Recently refurbished it now boasts family rooms, bunk bed family rooms, suites and self-catering apartments.
Unlike most family hotels in Ireland, the kids club operates at weekends year round, and daily during school holidays, with indoor and outdoor activities are organised for children.
Quality Hotel Youghal, Cork
The beachfront apartments and houses in the Quality Hotel Youghal are always popular with Irish holidaymakers. There are two-bedroomed apartments that sleep up to five, as well as holiday homes that sleep up to seven. They are very affordable and allow you enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, while enjoying the benefits of spacious self catering accommodation. With a gym, spa and swimming pool on site, you will be spoilt for choice.
Special events, a kids camp and movie shows are also available throughout school holidays. The resort has a range of dining options, including bar food, pizzas available for take-away, as well as the Capel Island Restaurant. Musical entertainment is also available in the Coast Bar.
The Inn at Dromoland, Clare
Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This is one of the best value family hotels in Ireland.
Kenmare Bay & Resort Hotel, Kerry
Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. Complete with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, kids club, summer camps, playground and kids’ play room, its not surprising that it is one of Kerry’s most popular family hotels. There is a dedicated Kids’ Corner in the restaurant with games and DVD’s, so you can enjoy a quiet meal while the kids play happily.
Family rooms are particularly good value for such a prime location, but if you prefer something more spacious, holiday homes and luxury lodges are also available.
Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal
The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is located on the unspoilt Inishowen peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. Overlooking Lisfannon beach, with Buncranna on your doorstep, this is an ideal choice for families looking to explore Donegal and its stunning coastline.
It boasts a leisure centre with a 20 metre pool, kids pool, sauna and jacuzzi, and a Planet Active kids club that operates during school holidays, with nightly movie shows. Large family rooms are available as well as interconnecting rooms.
4-Star Family Hotels in Ireland
Amber Springs, Wexford
Amber Springs is without a doubt one of the best family hotels in Ireland and it is not difficult to see why. There are so many facilities to keep kids entertained, including Amber Park with go karting, mini golf, archery and the Amber Express train. If the weather is not in your favour, you don’t need to worry, there is a playzone with state-of-the-art jungle gym, a tween room with air hockey and foosball, and a VR room with gaming consoles. There is also an indoor pool and a cinema!
And if all of that wasn’t enough there is a birds of play display, reptile show, dancing games and lots more fun activities in the kids club. There is a wide selection of family rooms to choose from, including the Amber family den suite, which has two sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to four children.
Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
The 4-star Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it also has a Kids Adventure Club which includes cookery school, music & dance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts and lots more.
As well as superb facilities on site, the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide at Baysports waterpark is located close by. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and pedal boats are also available here, making the Hodson Bay Hotel one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland, especially during the summer months.
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Carlow
Famous for its championship golf course and award-winning spa, Mount Wolseley is ideal for a family looking for luxury lodges with full access to all the hotel facilities, including its 20 metre swimming pool.
Children are well looked after with a kiddies pool, zip line, soft play area, and a teen zone which is open until 11pm daily. There is also a kids club for children aged 4-12 during school holidays, a playground, tennis and basketball courts.
Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo
Located on one of Ireland’s best beaches, the Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are a host of water sports available and the family friendly hotel has a Kids Club that operates during school holidays, which is suitable for older kids and teens too. An added bonus is that Water Point Aqua Park is close by, with surfing, boat trips and pitch and putt also available.
The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the few hotels on this list that doesn’t have a swimming pool on site, but with a stunning beach on your doorstep, and a host of outdoor activities available, you won’t need it! It also has some of the largest family hotel rooms in Ireland – they can sleep up to 8!
Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Kerry
Parknasilla is one of our most famous hotels and is also one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Its stunning location between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, as well as the superb on site facilities, ensure guests return year after year.
The two and three-bedroom lodges and villas are ideal for groups and families. Guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the award-winning spa, resort dining, indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, fairy trails, treasure trails, playground, mini golf and small beach. Astro and seashore discovery walks are available as well as boat trips, sea kayaking, and a meet the owls experience with Ring of Kerry Falconry.
Clayton Hotel Sligo
Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a 20 metre pool and a separate kids pool, and there is a playroom, games room, an 18-hole crazy golf course on site.
A kids club and kids disco operate during school holidays and a new multi-sensory room is also available for children with additional needs. Family suites will sleep two adults and three children and two-bedroom suites are also available.
Breaffy House Resort, Mayo
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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and there are large family rooms that sleep up to six. There are also self catering lodges located at Breaffy Woods Hotel. The two-bedroom residences have been newly refurbished to a four-star standard and sleep up to four people. We stayed here during the summer and loved them.
Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks.
Dingle Skellig, Kerry
Dingle is always a good choice for a family holiday in Ireland and the Dingle Skellig Hotel caters very well for kids of all ages. The award-winning leisure club and pool is available for all guests, and there is a dedicated children’s pool with waterfall and bubble feature. There are gorgeous beaches nearby as well as Dingle’s popular Oceanworld Aquarium.
Castlerosse Park Resort & Holiday Homes, Kerry
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We stayed in one of the Castlerosse two bedroomed cottages a few years ago and had a great family holiday experience. The cottages are extremely spacious and are located just 100 meters from the hotel. Guests of the cottages have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and kids club.
The Castlerosse hotel overlooks its own 9 hole golf course, the Killarney Lakes and the Magillicuddy Reeks. They even have their own resident deer on the grounds. I really enjoyed the 2km walk through the National Park to Killarney town. There are plenty of dining options, including a pizza delivery service to your cottage.
There is so much to see and do in Killarney including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens and Torc Waterfall. We travelled around the Ring of Kerry too – read what I got up to on my blog.
Clifden Station House Apartments, Galway
This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for family holiday in Ireland. All guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities, and children can enjoy the Railway Kids Club which operators during school holidays.
Hotel Westport, Mayo
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The Hotel Westport is located in the grounds of Westport House and just five minutes walk from the centre of Westport town. With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick and a host of stunning beaches nearby, the location couldn’t be better.
Families love the leisure centre with 20 metre pool and kids splash pool, as well as the family-friendly menus available. There is a choice of room options available including standard family rooms, premier family rooms, interconnecting rooms and luxury suites.
Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Limerick
The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland. With a mini pet farm, Woody’s Kid’s Club, Woodlands Fairy Trail, as well as a and a family toddler pool in the Leisure Centre, it has plenty to keep the kids entertained. I’m told the kids menus are pretty good too!
As well as the host of onsite facilities, the opportunities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail and the Cliffs of Moher all close by.
Family Rooms are ideal for families of up to two adults and three children, and interconnecting family rooms for larger families are also available.
Lahinch Coast Hotel & Suites, Clare
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With Lahinch beach located just a short stroll from the hotel, and a wide selection of activities on site, you will be spoilt for choice at the Lahinch Coast Hotel. The Leisure Centre boasts a 17 metre pool, kids pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym and there is a kids club that operates during school holidays.
With Aillwee Cave and the Bird of Prey Centre as well as the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle Folk Park all close by, there are plenty of opportunities for family days out.
Clonakilty Park Hotel, Cork
This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. There is an award-winning leisure centre, a play zone with separate teen area, and a Kids Kamp during school holidays. A three-screen cinema, outdoor playground, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and family friendly dining options are also located within the complex.
The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes.
Gleneagle River Apartments, Killarney
Located next to the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, and providing access to its Aquila Club leisure facilities and kids clubs, it is no surprise that the Gleneagle River apartments are one of Killarney’s most popular family apartments. These spacious two bedroom apartments offer all the advantages of self catering, with hotel facilities on your doorstep.
Delphi Adventure Resort Hotel, Galway
Delphi Resort is one of Ireland’s best known adventure resorts, so it is ideal for an active family holiday. You can take part in over 20 different outdoor adventure sports, with the added advantage of staying in a four-star hotel. Kayak the Killary Fjord, surf the Wild Atlantic Way, or brave the Zip’n’Trek aerial course.
There is a free morning kids club during school holidays and lots of family friendly activities available. The hotel also offers family package rates including meals and activities. There is a choice of room options including family rooms and suites.
Surrounded by 200 acres of forest, Delphi Resort is also nature lovers paradise, and their thermal suite is the ideal place to heal any aches and pains at the end of the day. This is one of the best family hotels in Ireland for outdoor enthusiasts.
Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo
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The Mulranny Park Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and also happens to be located on most scenic section of Great Western Greenway. You can swim in the Blue Flag Mulranny Beach, cycle on the Greenway, or take a trip to Achill and discover some of Ireland’s hidden beaches.
If you just want to stay at the hotel, thats fine too – the Mulranny Park Hotel has an indoor leisure centre and Great Fun Club which operates during summer holidays. As well as standard and deluxe rooms, its also boasts two-bedroom apartment suites which are very popular with families.
Faithlegg Hotel & Apartments, Waterford
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The stylish Faithlegg Hotel is an 18th century mansion, set in a woodland location overlooking the Suir estuary in County Waterford. Families love the Mews Holiday Homes as they offer access to all the facilities at the hotel’s leisure centre, including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, along with the option of health and beauty treatments.
The complimentary tennis courts and reduced Green Fees at Faithlegg’s 18-hole championship golf course are another reason to choose this popular hotel, as is its Bird of Prey experience and close proximity to Waterford city and the Waterford Greenway.
Castleknock Hotel, Dublin
If you want to stay in Dublin, but want to feel like you are in the countryside, the Castleknock Hotel might be the choice for you. Set in lush grounds with an onsite golf course, you may decide not to venture into the city centre at all.
Children will love the playground and swimming pool, and don’t miss the opportunity to pop into nearby Phoenix Park, the children would love meet the resident deer or visit Dublin Zoo.
Kellys Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford
Perched on five miles of sandy beach, with award winning cuisine and a host of activities for children, it is no surprise that Kelly’s Resort Hotel is considered one of best luxury family hotels in Ireland. Although officially only a four star hotel, the service and facilities on site deserve five stars.
There is non stop entertainment for both adults and children, with kids clubs, mini-golf and a multi-award winning spa, all on site. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, (many don’t), there are lots of things to do in Wexford with kids.
The food is superb, with an extensive buffet (probably one of the best I’ve seen) and an a la carte restaurant, where parents are encouraged to dine alone, while the kids enjoy the buffet with their new found friends. There is complimentary child minding from 7-9pm which allows for a romantic dinner for two, a rarity for parents with young children.
Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
The Newpark Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree! It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020 at Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards, the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that!
Children will love meeting the llamas, emus, rabbits and donkeys, and there are over 40 acres of parkland to explore. There is also a fairy trail, treetop zip line, sandpit with diggers, seasonal kids club including weekend evening sessions, and a swimming pool. There are dedicated family rooms and interconnecting suites which can sleep families of five.
Waterford Castle Lodges, Waterford
We enjoyed a wonderful stay in the lodges at Waterford Castle a few years ago. They were designed by Paul Costello and are both stylish and spacious. As well as being able to enjoy the facilities of the Waterford Castle Hotel, our kids loved that we were on an island, and needed a boat to get to our hotel.
Despite no swimming pool on site, this unique 310-acre island resort deserves a place on this list of best family hotels in Ireland. There are many activities available including tennis and basketball courts, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and a junior golf camp that operates during the summer holidays.
There are also many nature walks throughout the island and plenty of opportunities to spot the resident deer and fairy doors. Located in Waterford, a cycle on the Waterford Greenway will complete the ultimate family holiday experience.
The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare
I must confess I did not know about the Lakeside Hotel until this summer, despite it being one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre.
Children will love the leisure centre too, with swimming pool and 40 metre waterslide, as well as the complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime.
Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge.The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by.
5-star Family Hotels in Ireland
Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
The 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is dramatically set on 220 acres, with a 17th century country manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. There is a wide selection of room types including two-bedroom suites, interconnecting rooms and two and three-bedroom self-catering lodges. Some of the two-bedroom lodges also allow pets.
Regardless of room type, families can enjoy full access to the resorts grounds, dining options, golf, health club, spa and kids club which runs during school holidays. Treasure Hunts, movie nights, children’s afternoon tea and garden games are also part of the family experience.
Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow
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We enjoyed a wonderful overnight stay at Druids Glen a few years go. Its close proximity to Dublin makes it an ideal choice for a short break for Dubliners, or for anyone looking to explore Wicklow’s highlights. Glendalough, Powerscourt and Clara Lara fun park are close by, as are the beaches of Brittas Bay and Curracloe.
Druids Glen caters extremely well for families. The standard rooms have two double beds and come with small bathrobes and slippers for children. Interconnecting rooms are also available if you want more privacy or have older children.
The 6km walking trail has a fairy forest and the hotel provides picnic hampers (additional cost) for you to enjoy beside the brook. There is a playground and mini soccer pitch and extra activities available during school holidays including the Kids High Tea Club. Family swim times are available in the 18 metre indoor pool, and kids movies are shown twice daily.
Fota Island Resort, Cork
One of our family favourites, we have visited Fota Island Resort on many occasions. We stayed in interconnecting hotel rooms on one occasion and one of the new three-bedroom Fushia lodges during a different visit. We loved both experiences but if your budget allows, I would opt for the lodges – they are superb. The children were able to play in the large back garden and we even had some resident rabbits join us each morning for breakfast.
The hotel has a large outdoor playground, an indoor pool and a kids playroom. There are also lots of kids clubs and golf camps for kids of all ages, during school holidays. The restaurant has supervised kids buffets followed by movie nights and quizzes, so parents can enjoy a date night if they wish.
One of the advantages of staying in Fota Island Resort is its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park. My children loved seeing the kangaroos and lemurs roaming free, something they wouldn’t normally see in a traditional zoo. Fota Island Resort is also very close to Cobh where you can take the Titanic experience tour, or take the boat trip to spooky Spike Island, to explore the fortress that once held 2300 prisoners.
Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest hotels and is one of the most popular luxury family hotels in Ireland. We stayed here recently and had a fantastic experience. The grounds, the facilities and the choice of dining options are superb. You can choose to stay in the Manor House, as we did, or the more modern Hunters Yard, which I’m told caters extremely well for families, and offers great value too.
I was surprised at the extensive children’s activities available in Mount Juliet. There is a large playground with a zip line, as well as a fairy trail located in the gardens. Extensive kids clubs operate during school holidays, (extra charge applies), so parents can enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment while the kids avail of the supervised activities.
There are two kids clubs, one from age 5-12 and the other 12+. Activities range from archery, equestrian and meet the owls, to baking, golf, treasure hunts and arts and crafts. It is important to check activities in advance with Mount Juliet as some activities may change. There are also evening activities such as a talent show and movie nights, and children can dine with their new pals giving parents the opportunity to have a date night.
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There is also a leisure centre and equestrian centre which we loved. I tried horse riding for the first time with my daughter Alex and it was fabulous! We trotted past the Manor House, through the woods and along side the golf course – it is an experience I would highly recommend.
Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh
This luxury hotel is situated on a 600 acre peninsula overlooking two championship golf courses and lower Lough Erne lake. The lodges are a huge attraction, with conical roofs that look straight out a fairytale.
The food at the hotel is superb and there are are lots of options to choose from, with a fine dining restaurant, a Loughside Bar and Grill, as well as some tasty bar food. The large indoor pool allows for family swims from 8am – 11am and 4.30pm-530pm. There is also an unsupervised play room, Ernies Den, with table football, air hockey and lots more.
There are some excellent walks around the hotel golf course with stunning views over the lakes. There are also more arduous walks close by, the famous Stairway to Heaven boardwalk at Culcaigh Mountain, being one of them. This is more suited to older children as it is a 15km round trip with 450 steps. A popular spot for social media enthusiasts, no doubt teenagers will enjoy taking selfies at the top!
Marble Arch Caves and Lough Navar Forest Park are also close by as well as Corralea activity centre. The town of Enniskillen is only 5 minutes drive from Lough Erne if you fancy a change of scene. Make sure you pop into Francos for some good food in family friendly surroundings.
Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin
We had the pleasure of staying in the Intercontinental Hotel recently and loved the experience. The standard family rooms are extremely spacious, I’m told the most spacious of all five-star hotels in Dublin. However if your budget allows, upgrade to one of the executive suites which have a balcony and can easily accommodate a family of five.
You can choose to dine in the Lobby Bar or the elegant Seasons Restaurant, both of which have superb kids menus, that are very well priced. There is a health club with a 14 metre pool which children can also avail of, and if you fancy a stroll before dinner, Sandymount beach and Herbert Park are both close by.
Other options for family holidays in Ireland
Center Parcs Longford Forest, Longford
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Although more a holiday resort than a hotel, Center Parcs Longford Forest is regarded as one of the best destinations for family holidays in Ireland. If you are looking for a unique family experience, with lots of activities on-site, then look no further. With over 100 activities for all the family including a subtropical swimming pool and a luxury spa, it really does tick all boxes for a family break in Ireland.
We visited during the summer time, and for their Winter Wonderland experience at Christmas time, and we loved it both times.
Lusty Beg Island, Co. Fermanagh
Lusty Beg Island is a 4-star 75 acre resort offering a relaxing self-catering stay in the heart of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. Lodges can accommodate up to six people, and are reached by a five-minute ferry ride. You have full use of the resorts swimming pool, spa, children’s playground and tennis courts. Off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery, canoeing and power boating are also available, as well as a delightful fairy trail.
The lodges are well equipped to enjoy cosy nights in, but if you want to venture out there is also a restaurant and bar available. This is also a pet-friendly resort.
If you prefer to rent your own private house, I have posts on gorgeous Airbnbs near the beach, Airbnbs with swimming pools, as well as large homes for groups and extended families.
Ireland has some fabulous glamping sites. I found many glamping pods, luxury bell tents, tree houses and even bubble domes. See more in these posts:
I hope this post on the best family hotels in Ireland will help you plan a family holiday in Ireland soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification.
I always recommend booking a hotel or home with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
These hotels and homes were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.